Four Governor's in Four Days

Jul 25, 2014 8:12 PM by Debbie Cobb

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown's office informed other state leaders on Friday that he will be leaving the state Sunday and returning Wednesday as he leads a trade mission to Mexico.

While he's gone, executive powers will first roll to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, until Newsom leaves for New York and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for Special Olympics-related events.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will then be acting governor until he leaves for Chicago on Wednesday on personal business.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will then be acting governor for about nine hours, until Brown returns from Mexico later that day.

All four are Democrats.

The succession is outlined in the state Constitution.


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